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Michael Paynter

Michael Paynter
Manager, Student Support Services
(831) 466-5729



Sueños Youth Employment Services


Sueños Program offices are located at:
17 Aspen Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 466-5672 (front desk)
(831) 466-5719 (fax)



Sueños Program Team


Nohemi Macias
Project Coordinator
(831) 466-5710



Beatriz Munoz

Beatriz Muñoz
Project Coordinator
(831) 466-5708


Celeste Gutierrez
Work Experience Specialist
(831) 466-5619


Sarai Zayas
Receptionist
(831) 466-5672


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Student Services Division

Sueños Program

A Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded program

Sueños helps teenagers and young adults (ages 16 to 24) develop workplace skills that will prepare them to enter and thrive in an increasingly competitive labor market. Sueños is a Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) program funded by the Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Our Mission

The Sueños Program mission is to invest in our future workforce by providing Watsonville youth with support services and opportunities to:
  • Improve academic achievement
  • Prepare for and succeed in employment
  • Develop as citizens and leaders

In short, Sueños is committed to delivering services to eligible youth in Watsonville and the surrounding South County area that help bring their dreams (sueños) to fruition.

Our Goals

Sueños graduates Sueños provides our youth with a supportive learning environment, encourages them to set attainable career goals, connects them to community resources, and helps them establish valuable and lasting relationships. To accomplish this, Sueños has developed a range of program components that:
  • Develop students' communication skills
  • Provide youth with opportunities beyond the classroom to further explore career options
  • Encourage students to share their experiences with their families and friends
  • Innovate and individualize the learning experience
  • Give students a competitive edge in the job market
  • Collaborate with community partners to establish mentoring and guidance for youth
  • Earn Industry Certification for Achieving Competency in the Following:
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Occupational Safety
    • Basic Math and Reading Ability
    • Customer Service Skills
    • Work Ethics
    • Personal Skills and Work Habits
    • Basic Cashiering

In short, Sueños is committed to delivering services to eligible youth in Watsonville and the surrounding South County area that help bring their dreams (sueños) to fruition.

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